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Urban Coast Institute Marine & Environment Speaker Series

Money, Mandate, and Water Management


Professor Keith Rizzardi, St. Thomas University School of Law


Professor Keith Rizzardi from St. Thomas University School of Law will speak about climate change, rising sea levels, and professional ethics. Discussions will also include insights into how the historic commitment to water management in South Florida has dramatically decreased and considerations on how water managers can best prepare before the next disaster strikes in the future.

For more information, contact Doris Meyer, Urban Coast Institute, at 732-263-5662 or

Our Ocean and Beaches: A Record of Success and New Challenges to Face

Please Note: This event if free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Event Schedule

Registration & Coffee: 9:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Program: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Program Participants

  • Moderator: Joseph M. Kyrillos,  State Senator (Ret.) and Monmouth University Public Servant-in-Residence 2018-19


  • Chris Daggett, Former Regional Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
  • Cindy Zipf, Executive Director of Clean Ocean Action
  • Tony MacDonald, Director of the Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute


Climate Change, Coasts & Communities Symposium

The “new normal” of increased storm events, flooding, sea level rise, and coastal erosion from climate change presents daunting adaptation challenges for New Jersey in the years ahead. This symposium features leading experts in climate change adaptation law and science to discuss lessons learned from other states and countries to assist New Jersey in navigating these challenges.

Topics will include:

  • S. and Australian case studies in coastal adaptation;
  • Public health dimensions of coastal adaptation;
  • Human rights impacts to vulnerable coastal communities;
  • Climate change impacts to “voiceless” communities (future generations, wildlife, and natural resources);
  • Strategies to combat climate change-induced and other anthropogenic factors in eutrophication of coastal marine ecosystems, and the impacts to ecosystem services and the communities who depend on them.

Visit the symposium web site for a full list of speakers and more event details. Admission is free for Monmouth employees and students (registration required), $35 for the general public, and $25 for Monmouth alumni and non-Monmouth students. (Cost covers Wednesday evening reception and Thursday breakfast, lunch and refreshments.)

For more information, contact Professor Randall S. Abate at 732-571-3641 or


UCI Marine and Environmental Luncheon Speaker Series

State of Coastal and Ocean Acidification in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic

Coastal and ocean acidification have significant scientific and societal ramifications including the alteration of ocean biogeochemistry, ecological consequences associated with altered ecosystems, and economic losses due to the decreased survival of commercially important organisms. Guest speaker Dr. Grace Saba, Assistant Professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Center for Ocean Observing Leadership at Rutgers University will cover what we know and do not yet know about acidification in the Mid-Atlantic. We will examine recommendations from the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Acidification Network (MACAN) to enhance regional acidification monitoring and improve understanding of potential ecological impacts.

About the Speaker

Dr. Saba is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Center for Ocean Observing Leadership at Rutgers University. She also serves as co-coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Acidification Network (MACAN). She received her B.S in Aquatic Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her Ph.D. in Marine Science from the College of William and Mary.

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Menhaden Defenders: Why Defend?

The population of Atlantic menhaden (bunker) is at an all-time low. The loss of menhaden spells disaster for striped bass, tuna, bluefish, weakfish, osprey, whales, birds, and marine mammals. Captain Paul Eidman, founder of Menhaden Defenders, discusses the importance of rebuilding this stock. If we want to protect our game fish and marine mammals, we must protect their food! Come learn what you can do to ensure these fish remain abundant in our coastal waters.

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Conservation Panel and Book Signing with John Morano

Monmouth University Professor and Eco-Adventure Series author John Morano will host a book signing and Conservation Panel with Clean Ocean Action and the Urban Coast Institute (UCI) on Oct. 27 at the Eatontown Barnes & Noble, located in Monmouth Mall.

The event will kick off with a signing at 3 p.m., followed by the panel from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and a second signing session at the discussion’s conclusion. A portion of sales revenues on the day will be donated to the UCI to support student-faculty research activities at Monmouth University.

Morano will moderate an expert discussion with Clean Ocean Action Executive Director Cindy Zipf and UCI Director Tony MacDonald on topics such as threats facing Jersey Shore area marine environments and wildlife. An audience question and answer segment will follow.

Morano’s Eco-Adventure Series work raises awareness of endangered species both in this region and throughout the world. The books present imperiled habitats as settings, underpinning the relationship between wildlife and their environment. The stories stress that thinking globally and acting locally are imperative, both to the sustainability of our environment and the betterment of our everyday eco-intertwined lives.

A professor of journalism at Monmouth, Morano has authored four novels in his Eco-Adventure Series. A writer very concerned with endangered species and habitat depletion, Morano employs the journalistic ethic of giving a voice to the voiceless as he pens stories of imperiled creatures and habitats that can’t speak for themselves.

Coastal and Ocean Champion Awards Reception

Join the Urban Coast Institute in celebrating 40 years of New Jersey’s Coastal Management Program and honoring individuals who have made significant contributions to the program and to the conservation and sustainability of New Jersey’s coastal and marine ecosystems and communities. This year the UCI will present its Coastal and Ocean Champion Awards to The New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance, represented by Honorary Co-Chairs Gov. James Florio and Gov. Thomas Kean; David Kinsey; John Weingart; Mark Mauriello; and Norbert Psuty.

Ticket Prices: $100 General Public; $70 Nonprofit/Government Representatives

Contact: Doris Meyer at 732-263-5662 or


Ocean Frontiers II – Film Screening & Panel Discussion

In a region steeped in old maritime tradition, Ocean Frontiers II tells the story of a modern wave of big ships, energy industries and a changing climate, and how people are coming together to plan for a healthy ocean off their coast. Join us after the film for an interactive panel discussion about how we can protect wildlife habitat, enhance recreational activities and support sustainable commercial uses in our increasingly busy New Jersey Waters.

Free Admission and Snacks!


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12th Annual Future of the Ocean Symposium & Champions of the Ocean Awards Luncheon

Joint Ocean Commission Initiative Co-Chair and former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman will be among the honorees at the Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute’s 12th Annual Future of the Ocean Symposium and Champions of the Ocean Awards Luncheon on December 7, 2016. The theme for this year’s symposium is America’s Ocean Future: Priorities for Congress and Next Administration.

The symposium will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in Wilson Hall, and is free and open to the public.

The awards luncheon will follow from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tickets are required to attend the luncheon, and online ticket orders will be available shortly.

Dr. Donald Boesch, President of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, will receive the UCI’s Regional Champion of the Ocean Award and serve as the second symposium speaker along with Gov. Whitman.

This year’s State, Coastal and Ocean Leadership Champion of the Ocean honorees will be David Rosenblatt, Assistant Commissioner, Engineering and Construction, at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP); and Elizabeth Semple, Assistant Director, Division of Coastal and Land Use Planning, NJDEP.

For more information, visit the Urban Coast Institute web site or contact Danica Simmons at 732-263-5662 or via email at